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      1. DDG 85 | USS MCCAMPBELL

        DDG 85


        Captain David S. McCampbell

        Bath Iron Works’s fourth FLIGHT IIA Arleigh Burke Class AEGIS Destroyer will proudly bear the name of Captain David S. McCampbell, United States Navy. Captain McCampbell is the Navy’s all-time leading ace with 34 aerial victories during World War II. David McCampbell was born in Bessemer, Alabama, on January 16, 1910. He attended Staunton (Virginia) Military Academy and one year at Georgia School of Technology before his appointment to the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated with the class of 1933.

        From September 1943 to September 1944 Captain McCampbell was commander of Air Group 15, in charge of fighters, bombers, and torpedo bombers aboard the aircraft carrier ESSEX. From April to November 1944, his group saw six months of continuous combat and participated in two major air-sea battles, the First and Second Battles of the Philippine Sea. During the more than 20,000 hours of air combat operations before it returned to the United States for a rest period, Air Group 15 destroyed more enemy planes (315 airborne and 348 on the ground) and sank more enemy shipping than any other Air Group in the Pacific War. Air Group 15’s attacks on the Japanese in the Marianas and at Iwo Jima, Formosa, and Okinawa were key to the success of the “island hopping” campaign.

        In addition to his duties as commander of the “Fabled Fifteen,” Captain McCampbell became the Navy’s “Ace of Aces” during the missions he flew in 1944. In October 1944 Captain McCampbell and his wingman attacked a Japanese force of 60 aircraft. During the mission, Captain McCampbell shot down nine enemy planes, setting a single mission aerial combat record. When he landed his Grumman F6F Hellcat, his six machine guns had two rounds remaining and the plane had only enough fuel to keep it aloft for 10 more minutes. Captain McCampbell received the Medal of Honor for that action, becoming the only fast carrier task force pilot to do so. During a similarly courageous mission in June 1944, Air Group 15’s planes routed a large enemy force and Captain McCampbell earned seven kills.

        For his brilliant record in command of Air Group 15, Captain McCampbell was awarded the Medal of Honor, the Navy Cross, the Silver Star Medal, Legion of Merit with Combat “V”, the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Gold Stars in lieu of the second and third awards, and the Air Medal. After the war, his assignments included command of the carrier BON HOMME RICHARD and service as plans division chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired from active duty in 1964 and was interred at Arlington National Cemetery after his death on June 30, 1996.

        Historical Notes:

        13 December 1996: Contract Signed
        16 July 1999: Keel Laying
        17 February 2000: Mast Installation
        09 June 2000: Mast Stepping Ceremony
        01 July 2000: "Wedge Rally"
        02 July 2000: Launch Day – Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine. The Honorable Madeleine Albright (Secretary of State), McCampbell’s Sponsor, christened the ship.
        27 February 2001: Ship's Official Website Established.
        09 May 2001: Aegis Light-Off (ALO).
        18 May 2001: "MT51" installed.
        22 June 2001: Gas Turbine Generator Light-Off.
        12 October 2001: Main Engine Light-Off.
        09-26 October 2001: Engineering Department attended the LBES training facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
        29 October 2001: McCAMPBELL held its first annual Children's Halloween Party at the "McKeen Street Community Center" in Brunswick, ME.
        03 November 2001: McCAMPBELL is placed in floating dry-dock for Sonar Dome Installation.
        08 December 2001: McCAMPBELL departs dry-dock with Sonar Dome attached.
        14 January 2002: McCAMPBELL underway for first time ("Alpha" trials) under her own power.
        15 January 2002: McCAMPBELL returns from "Alpha" trials.
        11 February 2002: McCAMPBELL underway for "Bravo" trials.

        The newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, McCampbell (DDG 85), will be christened Sunday, July 2, 2000, during a 1 p.m. EDT ceremony at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine. McCampbell (DDG 85) honors the late Navy Capt. David McCampbell (1910-1996). McCampbell is the Navy's top ace with 34 confirmed aerial victories and recipient of the Medal of Honor while serving as commander, Air Group 15, USS Essex (CV 9) during the Battle of the Philippine Sea (June 19, 1944) and the Battle of Leyte Gulf (October 24, 1944). During the first encounter, McCampbell's force "virtually annihilated" an attacking force of 80 Japanese carrier-based aircraft, of which he personally shot down seven. In the Battle of Leyte Gulf, he daringly attacked a formation of at least 60 Japanese land-based aircraft. McCampbell shot down at least nine of these aircraft, forcing the remainder to abandon the attack. In addition to the Medal of Honor, McCampbell received the Navy Cross, Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross. No previous ship has been named McCampbell. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright is the ship's sponsor and will deliver an address during the ceremony. In the time-honored Navy tradition, Albright will break a bottle of champagne across the bow to formally christen McCampbell. McCampbell is the 35th of 58 Arleigh Burke class destroyers currently authorized by Congress. These ships can conduct a variety of missions, from peacetime presence and crisis anagement to sea control and power projection, in support of the National Military Strategy.

        Equipped with the latest weapons, electronics, helicopter support facilities, and propulsion, auxiliary and survivability systems, these destroyers will carry out the Navy's missions well into the next century. State-of-the-art command, control, communications, computers and intelligence systems provide their ships' crew with complete situational awareness. DDG 85 is equipped with the Navy's modern Aegis combat weapons system, the world's foremost naval weapon system. Space-age communications, radar and weapons technologies are combined in a single platform for unlimited mission flexibility. The systems include the AN/SPY-1D phased array radar; the MK 41 Vertical Launching System, which fires a combination of up to 96 Standard surface-to-air, and Tomahawk surface-to-surface missiles; and the AN/SQQ-89 Antisubmarine Warfare System, with a bow mounted AN/SQS-53C sonar. McCampbell has six MK 46 torpedo tubes, as well as two MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons Systems and a multi-mission 5"/62 caliber deck-mounted gun which can be used as an anti-ship weapon, close-in point defense or in naval gun fire support of forces ashore. The ship's aircraft handling and support facilities include dual aircraft hangers (port & starboard), a dual Recovery Assist, Securing and Traversing (RAST) System, and associated machinery systems providing significant enhanced helicopter launch and recovery, ommand and control and maintenance/repair capabilities. The ship also features the over-the-horizon LAMPS MK III Antisubmarine Warfare Control System, and will be assigned two SH-60B Seahawk Undersea Warfare helicopters.

        MAR15-02: Navy Takes Delivery of Destroyer McCAMPBELL
        By Patricia Cavender, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath Public Affairs

        BATH, Maine -- The Navy took delivery of its newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) McCAMPBELL (DDG 85), during a ceremony at Bath Iron Works, Maine, on March 8. Last month, McCAMPBELL broke new ground by becoming the first Bath-built ship to combine "builder's and acceptance trials." The single at-sea trial provides a significant cost savings to the shipbuilder and the Navy Indicative of the trials' success, McCAMPBELL displayed two brooms, signifying a "clean sweep" upon its return to Bath.

        "Today is another important production milestone, the culmination of a long construction process," said Capt. John Ingram, commanding officer, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Bath. "When McCAMPBELL leaves here in May, it will be a better and more capable ship than its predecessors." "I truly believe that Bath-built is best built," stated Cmdr. Mark Montgomery, the ship's prospective commanding officer. Thanking all the workers involved in McCAMPBELL's construction, he added, "It is the work of the pipe fitters, laborers, carpenters, welders, painters and many other skilled artisans that brings the ship to the point where we can man it."

        PCU McCAMPBELL is named for Medal of Honor recipient Navy Capt. David McCampbell (1910-1996), the Navy's all-time top flying ace, credited with shooting down 34 Japanese aircraft during World War II. In addition to the Medal of Honor, McCampbell was awarded the Navy Cross, the Silver Star Medal, Legion of Merit with Combat "V", the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Gold Stars in lieu of the second and third awards and the Air Medal, during his command of Air Group 15.

        PCU McCAMPBELL is scheduled to leave Bath in May, and join the U.S. Pacific Fleet in August at its commissioning in San Francisco. The ship will be homeported in San Diego.

        Ship's Crest:

        The Shield: Dark blue and Gold are the colors traditionally used by the Navy and represent the sea and excellence. The light blue bend reflects the Pacific theater, where Captain McCampbell served as commander of Air Group 15. The "Fabled Fifteen", based on the USS ESSEX, is symbolized by the Roman numeral "XV". The thirty-four stars allude to the number of enemy aircraft destroyed by Captain McCampbell in air to air combat, distinguishing him as the leading Navy ace of World War II. The star and cross highlight the Navy Cross and Silver Star awarded to Captain McCampbell, for his gallantry and bravery during combat in the Philippines.

        The Crest: The tridents, symbolizing sea prowess, allude to the firepower and the multiple strike capabilities of the Aegis system. The reversed star denotes the Medal of Honor awarded to Captain McCampbell for heroism, in the First and Second Battles of the Philippine Sea. The sea lion is adapted from the government seal of the Republic of the Philippines. The winged shield of the coat of arms of the United States represents naval aviator's wings and Captain McCampbell's military specialty.

        Motto: A scroll Azure doubled, edged and inscribed "RELENTLESS IN BATTLE" Or. SEAL The arms as blazoned in full color upon a white oval enclosed by a Dark blue collar edged on the outside with a gold rope and bearing the inscription 'USS McCAMPBELL' at top and 'DDG 85' at base all in Gold.


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